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Formaldehyde in furniture could be making you sick

Storytime! My parents have a small holiday unit in Taiwan which they visit a few times a year. A couple of years ago they spent their Christmas break there after the unit had been locked up over the summer. Now, let me tell you, summer in Taiwan is a lot like summer in Australia. Hot, humid and plain horrible if you don’t have air conditioning, a swimming pool, a beach or a shopping centre nearby. When they first arrived at the unit my mum noticed a strange smell which she in

Eco-friendly and health-conscious Father’s Day gift ideas

It’s Father’s Day in less than a week! What are your plans?  A family picnic by the water is on the cards for us! Growing up, my parents never wanted my little brother and I to spend our money on gifts for them on Father’s and Mother’s Day. Instead, we had a tradition where I would cook dinner for the family and he would make dessert (except that he’d always buy them a box of chocolates too, but only because he knew they’d share it with us), which I think is actually quite sp

DIY natural deodorant (no baking soda)

I’ve talked about the health issues concerning conventional deodorants and also recommended a safe and effective natural deodorant paste that is a cult favourite amongst green beauty bloggers. However, for some people certain natural deodorants can irritate the skin and cause a red rash—the culprit ingredient? Sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda. Most natural deodorants rely on baking soda to absorb moisture and kill odour-causing bacteria, however, because it

Cleaning with essential oils

As you know, I’m a big fan of making my own non-toxic versions of conventional beauty and personal care products, such as my natural whipped body butter and foaming hand soap, and this interest also extends to home cleaning products. A big problem with conventional cleaning products is, apart from the risk of exposing your family to toxic chemicals and potential carcinogens, that manufacturers are legally not obliged to disclose their ingredients on the packaging. So, how are

Natural makeup products for a flawless base

I consider myself a bit of a makeup junkie. I spend far too much money trying to find products that will magically make me look like a Kardashian (yes, these ladies are not to everyone’s taste but you can’t deny their makeup is always perfection), and way too much of my free time watching smokey eye tutorials on YouTube. If you saw the state of my bathroom you’d probably think I have a problem. Either that, or I’ve started my own home business à la Breaking Bad. I have bottle

DIY natural whipped body butter

As we move away from Autumn and inch closer to Winter, if you’re anything like me, the thought of rugging up in cozy Winter wear and not having to shave your legs as often might be getting you excited (hubby though, not so much). However, you may not be looking forward to the dry, scaly skin that usually comes along with the cooler weather. So while you’re getting ready to whip out your beanies, boots and scarves  (or if you’re here in Brisbane, maybe just some socks to go wi

 

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